Your ductwork is an essential part of your home in Westminster, CO. It moves air throughout each room, and if it isn’t working properly, it will be difficult for you to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize that there’s an issue with their ductwork that needs to be addressed. Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your ductwork.
1. You Have an Excessively Loud HVAC System
All HVAC systems emit some sort of noise. However, your system shouldn’t be excessively loud, and you shouldn’t hear any vibrating or rattling sounds. If you do, then there may be an issue with the joints that connect the ductwork to your house. If there are holes in your ductwork, it can also cause you to hear loud noises as well. The loud noises you are hearing aren’t just an inconvenience. They are an indication that your ductwork needs to be replaced.
2. Your Electric Bills Are Much Higher
Most people have a general idea as to how high their electric bills will be during certain times of the year. If you notice that your electric bills have been higher than you expected, then there may be an issue with the ductwork. Because air can’t move from room to room efficiently if there is damage to it, your HVAC system will have to work harder than it should. This will cause you to have higher than normal electric bills.
3. Your Rooms Are at Vastly Different Temperatures
All of the rooms in your home should be around the same temperature unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as having the blinds open in one room or using your oven a lot in the kitchen. Rooms may be of different temperatures if there’s damage or a blockage in your ductwork, and it can’t efficiently move air throughout the various parts of your home. This can make it impossible for you to be able to keep certain rooms of your home at a comfortable temperature.
4. Your Family Has Allergy Issues
If you or your family have been experiencing issues with allergies that you haven’t had to deal with in the past, your ductwork may be to blame. This can occur if your ductwork has holes or cracks as it will allow dust to get inside. Once there is dust in your ductwork, it will often travel through the ducts and come out of the vents. This can cause your allergies to act up, and you may notice that you only seem to sneeze or have a runny nose when you’re at home.
5. There Are Pests In The Home
A lot of people don’t realize that pests can enter their homes via any ductwork that has damage to it. These pests can easily access your ductwork if there’s a hole in it. Once they gain access, they may build nests, and they can multiply fairly quickly. There are a few ways that you can tell if there are pests living in your ductwork even if you haven’t seen any scurrying around. If you notice a urine smell when your HVAC system is running, there may be some sort of rodent living inside of your ductwork. You may also hear scratching sounds coming from the ceiling if there are rodents present.
6. You Don't Remember The Last Time Your Ductwork Was Replaced
Your ductwork can only last up to about 15 years. If you don’t remember the last time your ductwork was replaced, you probably should have it looked at as soon as possible. Our technicians can inspect it for you, and they can let you know whether or not your ductwork is still in good shape or if you should go ahead and have it replaced.
If your ductwork is damaged or has deteriorated, you will have a lot of issues trying to warm or cool your home. While you probably can’t inspect your ductwork yourself, you can keep an eye out for some of the signs mentioned above. If it’s time to replace your ductwork, True Heating & Cooling can help you anywhere in the Denver Metro area. In addition to replacing ductwork, we also offer heating, cooling, and indoor air quality services. Contact us to schedule an appointment if you are having problems with your ductwork or any indoor comfort issues.